Oct 26

Integrating UAS into Ayres Professional Services


Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, are becoming increasingly common tool in the survey, mapping, and engineering fields. Incorporating these aerial imaging and mapping platforms into our services is adding new dimensions and perspectives as we measure and observe project sites and structures. This technology is a tremendous tool where site safety and accessibility are a concern. It also provides an economical means of frequent observation and measurement.


Inspection/Observation Applications

uas-adams_co2While UAS may never replace the human element of a professional inspection or construction observation, this technology is already proving to be a useful tool to provide new perspectives for project sites and structures.

Applications include:

  • First-person scouting missions for structural inspection.

  • Construction progress reporting.

  • Documentation for traffic and parking volume studies.

  • Storm damage assessment.

Mapping Applications

monroe_co_landfill_dsm_surfaceUAS systems are capable of supporting high accuracy topographic mapping for small project sites. This technology is providing high definition surface models for contour generation and volumetric calculations with rapid deployment and turnaround time. These systems are especially effective at mapping sites that require frequent updates and for accessing potentially hazardous work environments.

Our mapping capabilities include:

  • Digital surface models and contour generation.

  • Volumetric analysis and topographic change detection.

  • High resolution aerial imagery.


Topographic mapping products derived from UAS imagery:


Volumetric computations from the topographic mapping:





1″ = 50′ scale site maps:



Customized Viewing Perspectives

Ayres flight planning and data processing software is specifically designed for sUAS technologies. Our customized workflows allow for efficient handling of your project ensuring data we be delivered that will meet your needs. Ayres Associates can capture imagery multiple viewing perspectives:

  • First-person point-of-view (POV) to see the world from the UAS.

  • Nadir (top down) and oblique-angle viewing perspectives.

  • HD Video can be captured (up to 4k).

Qualified UAS Pilots

p1020041-cropSuccessful projects start with safety. Ayres Associates completes our UAS projects in accordance to the FAA’s Part 107 guidelines. Our Pilots in Command are all properly certified and go through strict internal training both in the lab and in the field. All Ayres projects follow strict safety protocols and our personnel invest the time needed to understand and appreciate the risks of the work environment before deployment of UAS equipment.

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